Writing Competitions

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Please note that apart from the Creative Writing Ink Free to Enter Competition and the Writing Prompt competition, all other listings are for external competitions. If you have a question about these competitions, please contact the competition organisers by clicking the website link in each listing. Unfortunately, we cannot assist with queries on external competitions. […]

Bedford International Writing Competition

The Bedford International Writing Competition opens on May 1, 2020 and closes on October 31, 2020. Submit poems (40 lines) and short stories (max.3000 words). Poetry, Short Story and Young Writers’ Prizes: £500, £150, £100. Special Seniors’ Prizes of £500, £150, £100 for the best stories submitted by persons aged 70 years and over. Judge: […]

The Tourist Trail Writing Competitions

The Tourist Trail Writing Competitions are open until May 15, 2020. Both competitions are free to enter. The Young Persons’ Writing Competition is open to 6-14 year olds. Submit at least 400 words describing your dream UK holiday. More here. Prizes: £75, £50, and £25 towards a day out at a UK attraction. For the […]

Book Pipeline Competitions

Book Pipeline have two writing competitions. Book Pipeline: Unpublished The Unpublished competition is exclusively for unpublished manuscripts across 6 categories of fiction and nonfiction: Young Adult, Sci-Fi / Fantasy, Mystery / Thriller, Literary, Outsider / Experimental, Nonfiction. Select publishers and agents get first look at the top selections for each category, including LGR Literary Agency, […]

Pennine Ink Competition

The Pennine Ink Competition is open until July 1, 2020. This is an annual flash fiction competition run by Pennine Ink Writers for anyone aged 18 and over. Writers can use the picture featured on the ‘Competition’ page as inspiration. Submit up to 500 words. Entry fees: £3 for one story and £5 for two. […]

Poetry London Prize

The Poetry London Prize is an award for a single outstanding poem. Open for entries from poets all over the world. Deadline: May 1, 2020 Entry Fee: £4 per poem for Poetry London subscribers, and £8 per poem for non-subscribers. There are a limited number of free entries available for low-income writers. First Prize: £5,000, […]

Thanet Writers Short Story Competition

The Thanet Writers Short Story Competition is open until May 31, 2020. Free to enter. Submit short stories, 500-5000 words. The Grand Prize is £1,000. All longlisted entries receive a payment of £10 and are published online. Shortlisted entries are published in a print anthology. Entrants need some sort of link or connection to Thanet […]

2020 International Literary Taxidermy Short Story Competition

The 2020 International Literary Taxidermy Short Story Competition is open until June 4, 2020. The competition invites writers from around the world to create their own stories between the opening and closing lines of two classic works of literature. The author of the winning story in each contest will receive $500. Runners-up will receive $50 […]

Wigtown Poetry Prize 2020

The Wigtown Poetry Prize 2020 is open until May 29, 2020. It welcomes entries from all poets writing in English wherever they may live. Separate categories celebrate the best of Scottish Gaelic and Scots language poetry, a special category acknowledges a rising talent in Dumfries & Galloway, and a pamphlet prize is named in memory […]

Aurora Prize for Writing 2020

The Aurora Prize for Writing 2020 will open for entries on Monday 30th March 2020 and the deadline for entries will be Monday 8th June 2020 at midnight. The competition is run by Writing East Midlands, in partnership with the Society of Authors. Submit short fiction (of up to 2,000 words) and poetry (of up […]

MK LitFest Flash Fiction and Poetry Competition

The MK LitFest Flash Fiction and Poetry Competition is open until May 31, 2020. Free to enter. Open to anyone living in Buckinghamshire (Milton Keynes’ home county) or in the neighbouring counties of Northamptonshire or Bedfordshire. Submit flash fiction of up to 500 words in any genre, or poems up to 14 lines. The theme […]

Canterbury Festival’s Poet of the Year Competition 2020

Canterbury Festival’s Poet of the Year Competition 2020 is now open until 15 June 2020. Submit poems on any subject and in any form but no more than 60 lines long. Judges: Luigi Marchini, Chair of SaveAS Writers, Gary Studley, Chair of Dead Hoarse Writers, and Mara Adamitz Scrupe, Poet of the Year 2019. Prizes: […]

Wells Festival of Literature International Competitions

The Wells Festival of Literature International Competitions are open from April 1-June 30, 2020. Open Poetry: Entry fee, £6 Prizes: 1st £1,000, 2nd £500, 3rd £250, Local £100 Any subject, no more than 35 lines Judge: Jo Shapcott Short Story: Entry fee, £6 Prizes: 1st £750, 2nd £300, 3rd £200, Local £100 Any subject, 1,000 […]

Winchester Poetry Prize 2020

The Winchester Poetry Prize 2020 is open until July 31, 2020. Prizes: £1000, £500, £250. There is also a prize for the best poem by a Hampshire-based poet. Longlisted poets will be invited to read at a prize-giving event at the Winchester Poetry Festival on Saturday 10th October 2020. Winning and commended poems will also […]

WriteTime Short Story Competitions

The WriteTime Short Story Competitions are open to writers aged over 60. Closing dates are 31 March, 30 June, 30 September, 31 December 2020. Submit up to 1,500 words. Entry fee: £3 for one story and £5 for two stories First prize is £50. Prizes for two runners-up £25 each. Winners and highly commended stories […]

Science me a Story

Science me a Story is a contest for short scientific stories for children. Open to any adult aged 18 and over. Deadline: 20th April 2020 Submit stories relating to the scientific method and the everyday life of a scientist, amongst other topics, to achieve engaging scientific communication. The competition has both English and Spanish categories. […]

Reflex Fiction Flash Fiction Competition

The Reflex Fiction Flash Fiction Competition is a quarterly international competition for stories between 180 and 360 words. Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250. Entry Fee: Choose your own! 50 long-listed authors will be offered publication in a print anthology and they will receive a free copy. They will also publish one story on their website every […]

Live Canon Competitions 2020

There are three 2020 Live Canon Competitions. The first is the 2020 Live Canon Collection Competition (for full collections). It’s open until May 25, 2020. Entry fee: £12 Prizes: There is a category for first collections, and a category for second and subsequent collections. 3 books will win a publication contract with Live Canon. The […]

SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction

The SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction is open until May 24, 2020. They will publish an all-contest issue of the journal in June. There’s a grand prize of $2000, second prize of at least $200, third prize of at least $100, and $50 to all other finalists, all published in the issue. Non-Anglo stories […]

Shooter 2020 Short Story Competition

The Shooter 2020 Short Story Competition is open until May 31, 2020. Submit up to 5,000 words. Any theme or genre. Entry Fee: £7 per story or £10 for two. All entrants will receive an e-copy of Shooter’s Winter 2021 issue, in which the winning story will appear. The winner will receive £400 and publication […]

International Welsh Poetry Competition 2020

The International Welsh Poetry Competition 2020 is open until May 31, 2020. Prizes: £500, £250, £100. Judge: Sally Spedding Submit poems of up to 50 lines. Entry fee: £6 More here.

The Alpine Fellowship Prizes 2020

The Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize 2020 is open until April 1, 2020. Free to enter. Theme: Forgiveness and Retribution. The winner will receive £10,000. Poet John Burnside will present the award. Second prize is £3,000 and third is £2,000. The winner and two runners up are invited to attend the Fjällnäs symposium. The Alpine Fellowship […]

Creative Future Writers’ Award 2020

The Creative Future Writers’ Award 2020 is open until May 31, 2020. Free to enter. This competition is for under-represented writers in the UK only. To find out more, visit their website. Theme: Tomorrow Submit poems of up to 42 lines or fiction of up to 2,000 words. Prizes: 12 winners will receive £13,000 in […]

2020 Bristol Short Story Prize

The 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize is open until April 30, 2020 (midnight BST). Submit stories up to 4,000 words. Stories can be on any theme or subject and are welcome in any style. Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250. 17 further prizes of £100 will be presented to the remaining shortlisted writers. 20 stories will be […]

Soundwork Short Story Competition

The Soundwork Short Story Competition is open until April 30, 2020. Free to enter. Submit short stories up to 2,500 words, any style and theme. Prize: Recording by professional actor and placement on Soundcloud and the soundwork-uk.co.uk website. More here.

Enfield Poets’ Competition

The Enfield Poets’ Competition is open until 7th March 2020. Judge: Ruth Padel Submit poems of up to 50 lines. Any theme or form. Prizes: £500, £250, £100. The winning poems will be published on the Enfield Poets’ website. Entry Fee: £4 per poem or £10 for 3 More here.

Creative Writing NZ Flash Fiction Competition

The Creative Writing NZ Flash Fiction Competition is an ongoing monthly competition. No entry fee. Submit one story each month. Open theme, up to 1,000 words.

Free to Enter Creative Writing Ink Competition

Our Creative Writing Ink competition is open to writers of any nationality or age. Free to enter. Closing Date: Last date of every month. We’re looking for poetry, up to 40 lines. Open theme. You just have to submit your poem to us to info@creativewritingink.co.uk with “Creative Writing Ink Monthly Competition” in the subject line. […]

Writing Prompt Competition

We also run another free to enter competition, which is our writing prompt competition. It runs every two months. Prize: The prize changes every two months. For full details, please visit our Writing Prompts page.

The Writing Quarter Competition

The Writing Quarter Competition is a free to enter short story competition. The deadline is the last day of each month. Submit short stories of up to 3,000 words. Open theme. Monthly prize is AUD$30. The winning author will also be given the option to publish their story on the website. The competition is open to […]

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